Aerial view over the Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon Tours and Travels

About Fish River Canyon

Located in the South of Namibia, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world and the largest in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in the country. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100 miles long, up to 16 miles wide and in places almost 550 metres deep. The Fish River, from which the canyon gets its name, is the longest interior river in Namibia. It cuts deep into the plateau which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant plants. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer; the rest of the year it becomes a chain of long narrow pools.

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Upstream the river runs through the horizontal dolomite strata. These strata formed part of the canyon about 650 million years ago when plate movement cracked the earth, the first process in the formation of the Fish River Canyon. Lower down, a granite complex system is exposed to form a characteristic river bed that results in forms like Fingerspitze. In this area, a fault runs north-south, which accounts for the gorge-like channel and the presence of hot sulphurous springs.

The route through the canyon is certainly not for the faint hearted. No facilities are available and hikers sleep outdoors for the entire trip, which usually takes 3 to 5 days to complete. Due to high summer temperatures which frequently exceed 45°C, the hike is only open in winter. The season starts 15 April and ends 15 September. A medical certificate is required to attempt the hike, and groups must consist of at least 3 participants. While this might seem a little daunting to some, the vistas in store make it well worth the effort.

Fish River Canyon Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Fish River Canyon

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Fish River Canyon Hotels

If you are planning a Fish River Canyon holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Canyon Lodge Fish River Canyon

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Wedged between the orange boulders that area scattered through the Fish River Canyon, Canyon Lodges comprises 30 natural stone chalets. Each accommodation is spacious and provides its guests with a rustic yet luxurious living space filled with comfortable furniture - just what you need after a day exploring the rugged plains. During their free time, guests can relax in the outdoor pool and soak up some of the sun's golden rays or follow one of the breathtaking walking trails that wind through the canyon.

Canyon Road House Fish River Canyon

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Littered with old car relics, some beautifully restored, the Canyon Road House is fast becoming one of Namibia's most iconic places to stay. With a beautiful bar in the middle of a museum of old vehicles, it really gives a feeling of the olden days. Rooms are designed in a beautiful bright style with stylish wooden furnishings. Take a dip in the refreshing outdoor pool overlooked by an authentic farm windmill making you feel like you are in the heart of the Wild West! This accommodation is located close to Fish River Canyon - the second biggest canyon in the world!

Canyon Village Fish River Canyon

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Secluded and exclusive, the Canyon Village in the famous Fish River Canyon is the perfect getaway for those seeking some peace and quiet among some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. The village consists of a number of bungalows, which are spacious, comfortable and homely, making them excellent bases for exploring the surrounding area. There are plenty of walking and hiking trails in the area that allow travellers to witness the canyon in all its glory and an outdoor pool in which you can soak your aching muscles after your adventure.

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